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Build a Nest Box

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Build a Nest Box

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Nest boxes replicate natural shelters such as tree hollows. They are fun, easy and cheap to make, and will provide a secure home for many years to come.

Brushtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and many bird species such as Kookaburras and Cockatoos will use a nest box as they sleep in tree hollows if they can find them. Ringtail Possums build a nest of sticks called a "drey", but will occasionally use a nest box, too. 

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife funded the installation of nest boxes in Plenty Gorge Park, Victoria for animals such as Feathertail Gliders, Sugar Gliders, and vulnerable Brush-tailed Phascogales.

Nest Box Tips

Different Buddies like Different Nest Boxes

The size of the animal matters when it comes to finding the right real estate. The entrance hole should be just big enough for the residents to get in. You can also add a stick under the entrance hole to help buddies on their way in and out of the box, if you like.

Give Possums a New Home - Out of your Roof!

A nest box may be part of the solution if you have a resident Brushtail Possum in your roof.  At night, when your possum is out, place a bright light in the roof to discourage it from coming back and seal all access holes to your roof. Place the new nest box nearby so your possum can find shelter when it finds your roof locked up.

The measurements below are in millimeters and are the minimum guidelines for the dimensions of the boxes.

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It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps. Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.

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